WC 2003 - Sachin is second only to Bradman: Graeme Pollock

Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Johannesburg: With the Australians starting favourites to win the World Cup, legendary South African cricketer Graeme Pollock says that only Sachin Tendulkar has the potential to stop the rampaging world champions from claiming their third title. "In the One-day game, you can just never say. The two best sides are certainly Australia and India. The Aussies are due for a knock at some point. "They came close against England and New Zealand and if Sachin gets going, you never know. Anything is possible," said the former South African batting great. Pollock, who was voted South Africa's cricketer-of-the-century in 1999, said that he had every reason to believe that the Indian batting maestro was "second only to Bradman.""He is obviously a dedicated and disciplined guy. He just loves to get runs and never throws his wicket away," Pollock was quoted as saying by the tournament's official website."Technically he is good, has great timing and picks the ball early. It allows him to do things that other people can't. He is undoubtedly the best in the world at the moment."Pollock also said that players like Tendulkar can change things around with their batting prowess."There are a lot of guys even now who are technically correct but to me batting is all about total dominance of a player who can turn the game by being positive and unorthodox."Guys like (Brian) Lara, (Adam) Gilchrist and Sachin.Those are the three key guys in world cricket today who can turn things around." PTI


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